Your home has a big job to do when it comes to standing up against the unforgiving elements of winter. Winterizing your home’s plumbing system, even if you run your heat all winter long, will lower its risk of incurring water damage from leaks or flooding. By taking the time to perform preventative maintenance before winter sets in, you can potentially save yourself from costly repairs down the line and keep your plumbing system operating at its best for years to come. Read on to learn the hows and whys of protecting your pipes this winter.
Why Winterizing is Essential
Every year, properties all across New England incur hundreds and even thousands of dollars in water damage due to the bursting of frozen pipes. A flooded basement is a nightmare no homeowner wants to experience. Winterizing your pipes greatly lowers your risk of a pipe leaking or bursting, and is always worth the effort. At La Pointe Construction Board Up Service, we offer comprehensive winterizing services for your home when you want the job handled by our experienced professionals. In either case, don’t leave your pipes at risk.
It’s a basic scientific fact: when water freezes into ice, it expands. If this expansion occurs inside of a pipe, it can create excessive pressure, which may lead to the pipe bursting. Any time that the temperature inside your pipe dips below freezing, it’s vulnerable to splitting. This can lead to problems ranging from a steady drip to a full-on flood in the region of the pipe.
Methods of Winterizing Your Plumbing
Your basement or other area in which your pipes are housed should be kept above a certain temperature at all times. Don’t ever turn your heat off, even if you’re leaving your home for an extended period of time. That’s a recipe for disaster. Set your thermostat to 55-60 degrees, which will ensure that your house remains warm enough to prevent freezing.
In addition, make sure your basement has enough insulation. Check your foundation inside and outside for any damage and have it repaired before winter. Exposed pipes can be insulated with inexpensive slip-on sleeves that can be found at the hardware store. Don’t forget your bathroom and laundry room pipes, either. Ensure that those areas are kept warm enough throughout the colder months. All heating vents should be opened and any draft windows recaulked or otherwise sealed.
Professional Winterizing & Water Damage Repair
For some homes, professional winterizing might be in order. If your home is older, lacks proper insulation, or you want to make sure that the job is done right, contact LaPointe Construction Board Up Service for assistance. Our technicians can winterize not only your plumbing system but other vulnerable facets of your home to protect against any damage.
Winterizing your plumbing system can be an important step to protect against water damage. However, other sources can lead to water damage, such as leaks in your home’s roof or foundation. If you need water damage repair services in Eastern Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire, contact LaPointe Construction Board Up Service at (978) 447-5991. You’ll also find more helpful tips for protecting your home against winter’s harsh elements when you follow our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LaPointeConstruction.